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Auction 142, Lot 340

"Isle St. Vincent Levee en 1773. Apres le Traite Fait avec les Caraibes", Le Rouge, George Louis

Subject: St. Vincent

Period: 1778 (dated)

Publication: Pilot Americain 2.e Partie

Color: Hand Color

18 x 23.8 inches
45.7 x 60.5 cm
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This handsome copperplate map of St. Vincent is the first French edition of Thomas Jefferys' 1775 map of the island. The mountainous terrain is well defined and settlement is shown along the coastlines and rivers. The treaty to which the title refers was short-lived and it was not until 1797 that Carib resistance was finally crushed. The island was an important part of the British presence in the Caribbean due to sugar production. A note below the title explains that "the island is 18 miles 1/8 long, and 11 miles 1/5 broad, has 22 rivers capable of turning sugar mills, and contains 84,286 acres." The map illustrates the important rivers and shows the four parishes. The northern part of the island is noted as Terre des Caraibes where the Morne a Garou mountains dominate the topography.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) #M.LER-2a [31].

Condition: B+

Printed on sturdy, watermarked paper with light offsetting and minor soiling.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $375

Closed on 11/28/2012